the world of wild cats the cheetah is famous for its speed, agility and raw
instinct. It is a fleet footed creature which has evolved into one of fastest
killing machines in the animal kingdom. What really makes the cheetah so
special is the way it has evolved. Every genetic code in its body has
purposefully equipped this big cat to achieve speed and maintain its balance in
high speed manoeuvres and take downs. You would say a lot of wild cats are fast
but then again they are not the fastest, the most agile or the most graceful
beasts out there. Now that you are informed let me tell you my encounter with
the petrol powered cheetah of the 160cc motorcycle world.
was six in the morning and I could smell the fresh ocean breeze in pristine
Goa. My heart was racing because I had just got behind the bar of a brand new
Honda CB Hornet 160R. When I first set eyes on this bike I knew there was something
special about it. The bike doesn’t really scream for attention but is graceful
in establishing its presence. Just like the cheetah the 160cc Hornet also has
been purposefully equipped to achieve speed and maintain its balance. Pumping
power into its paces is the 162.71cc, single cylinder, air cooled, 4-stroke, SI
engine. The engine pumps out 15.6bhp at 8500rpm and 14.76Nm of torque at
6500rpm. While these figures may not be so high they are in fact the best the
160cc segment has to offer and help the Hornet achieve a top speed of 110kmph.
Being a Honda you can expect a lot of refinement from this bike. The engine
feels smooth and the bike seamlessly accelerates on command.
design and styling on the Hornet make it look like a much bigger bike with a
higher capacity engine. The muscular looking tank with forward leaning shrouds
and a carbon patterned cover on the tank give the bike an elegant yet edgy and
aggressive look. The headlamp also comes with two positioning lamps and the
side indicators have been placed a little higher for increased visibility. The
Hornet has a distinct ‘X’ shaped LED tail lamp which adds appeal to the bikes
aggressive. The bike also sports a compact two piece muffler and wider rear
tyres which provide immense grip while cornering. Riding the Hornet in corners
is a real treat, the front tyre profile is a 100/80 R17 the rear is a fat 140/70
R17. The tyres grip the road well and the bike handles like a dream. To enhance
the offering Honda has also added 5 spoke split alloy wheels which give the
Hornet a very sporty look.
162.71cc, Air cooled, 4-stroke, SI
Length x Width x
2041mm x 783mm x 1067mm
Kerb Weight (Kgs)
Fuel Tank capacity
Hornet rides on telescopic forks in the front and a monoshock suspension in the
rear. The bike has a low set seating position and the single saddle provides
ample body support for the rider and pillion. Braking on this bike has been
facilitated by a 3 pot calliper on 276mm petal disc in the front and a 2 pot
calliper on the 220mm petal disc in the rear. The bike comes with a CBS (Combi
Brake System) which give the brakes adequate bite on road. The brakes did not
lock up but we could feel the CBS at work in panic braking conditions. The
Hornet comes with a 12 litre fuel tank and returns almost 62 kilometers to the
switch gear on the bike has been places in an ergonomic manner and feels
comfortable to operate. The bike has a fully digital console which can be
operate and read quite easily even at higher speeds. We felt that the switch
gear on the bike could have been a bit different from that on Honda’s other
models and an engine kill switch could have been added. The bike is available
in 5 different colour options which are al quite subtle and look good. We rode
the CBS variant of the CB Hornet which is available for Rs. 84,400 (Ex-showroom
Delhi). The design philosophy on the bike is quite refreshing and this 160cc
cheetah is fun to ride in the city. The Hornet offers a well rounded package of
performance, design, mileage and technology. The bike has been priced
attractively and definitely offers a lot of bang for your buck.
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